Colorado Lunch Police Go Coo-Coo Over Little Girl’s Cookies


It certainly sounds like a sequel to one of his movies, but Arnold Schwarzenegger made no appearance in “Pre-Kindergarten Cops.” Still, a four-year-old student of an Aurora, Colorado school, along with her mother, was shamed to a point just shy of “The Terminator,” and they’re likely to have “Total Recall” of the incident from this point on.

Last week, Leeza Pearson sent her daughter to pre-Kindergarten with a lunch that included Oreo cookies as a snack. Her little girl returned home from Children’s Academy, a private school that gets state funding to accept public school students, with her cookies untouched, though. She also carried a nasty note for her mother, directly from the school’s Nutrition Nazis, which read:

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It is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable, and a healthy snack from home, along with a milk.

Image by Leeza Pearson, acquired from ABC News

Image by Leeza Pearson, acquired from ABC News

Pearson ordinarily tosses fruit and veggies in with her daughter’s lunch, but had none that day, she told ABC News on April 29.

I think it is definitely over the top, especially because they told her she can’t eat what is in her lunch. They should have at least allowed to eat her food and contacted me to explain the policy and tell me not to pack them again.

She also finds the school to hold a “do as I say, but not as I do” standpoint, as well. For example, according to Pearson, Children’s Academy recently requested that parents provide Easter candy, and regularly gives jelly beans to students, too.

They say I can’t decide what to feed her but then they sometimes feed her junk food. Why am I being punished for Oreos when at other times I am asked to bring candy?

The school didn’t reply to press requests for comment, but when asked by ABC News, a school board official agreed that the note was at least a step too far. The Aurora Public Schools representative and Pearson disagree, however, on another key point in this incident; the school board spokesperson says the child was given an alternate snack, while Pearson says her daughter received nothing.

As you might expect, with such nutritional Nazism and public funding of private schools, Aurora is a rather right-of-center community. Its Buckley Air Force Base is the city’s top employer, followed by three major defense contractors. All three of its counties gave most of its votes last year to re-elect Rep. Mike Coffman (aka “The Broken Record of Failing Right-wing Policies”). And in 2014, according to The Denver Post, it was ranked as the ninth most conservative city in the country, too.


Image:Photo by Leeza Pearson via ABC News

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